Tuesday, November 29, 2011

HIV + mothers gave safe birth of their babes at Khanakul Hospital

Dr. Saha is adoring the babes.

A public health centre aided two HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) positive mothers to have their babies born is no news to a developed country. But in India where law is required to ban “untouchability”, institutional delivery to HIV positive mothers is a distant dream.

 Khanakul of Hooghly district under West Bengal sets an exception. Yesterday at Kahanakul Block Primary Health Centre an HIV infected mother normally gave birth a child with the help of Dr. Sushanta Pal (+91 99038 09784 ) and today another baby was surgically born from another HIV infected mother by Dr. Prasenjit Pal ( +91 98314 99139) under the direct supervision of Block Medical Officer of Health Dr. Sabyasachi Saha (+91 94329 21321).
Dr. Saha who is formally trained in AIDS related matters, has timely motivated his fellow physicians to take the risk by observing all medical protocol.

Suprabhat Chatterjee, Block Development Officer of Khanakul – l block hopes for a change now in the mind of those who ignores HIV patients while Arindam Niyogi, Sub-divisional Magistrate of Arambagh appreciates the humanitarian deeds of the doctors and expects more institutional delivery from similar incidents.

Some 240 years ago Raja Rammohun Roy was born here and fought lifelong for women rights. Now these three young doctors follow the golden path. That is perhaps the best tribute to him on the eve of ensuing Rammohun Mela scheduled to be held next year from 06 January to 10 January said a satisfied octogenarian of the locality.    

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

আরামবাগে বর্দ্ধিতমূল্যে ধান কেনা শুরু হল

হরিণখোলা ১ নং গ্রাম পঞ্চায়েত
আরামবাগ মহকুমার ছ’টি ব্লকে  সহায়ক মূল্যে সরকারীভাবে ধান কেনা হবে। আজ পুরশুড়া বিডিও অফিসে বিধায়ক পারভেজ রহমান, আরামবাগের বিধায়ক কৃষ্ণ চন্দ্র সাঁতরা, মহকুমা শাসক অরিন্দম নিয়োগীর উপস্থিতিতে রাজ্যের খাদ্যমন্ত্রী জ্যোতিপ্রিয় মল্লিক চাষীভাইদের কাছ থেকে সরাসরি ধান কেনার ব্যাপারে আরামবাগ, পুরশুড়া, খানাকুল -১ ও ২ এবং গোঘাট – ১ ও ২ ব্লকের উপস্থিত সমষ্টি উন্নয়ন আধিকারিকদের বিশেষভাবে উদ্যোগী হতে অনুরোধ করেন।
আজ পুরশুড়া ও আরামবাগ ব্লকে সরু চালের ধান কুইন্টাল প্রতি ১১১০ টাকা এবং মোটা চালের ধান ১০৮০ টাকা দরে কেনা শুরু হল। পরে শ্রী মল্লিক আরামবাগ ব্লকের হরিণখোলা -১ গ্রাম পঞ্চায়েতে নিজে ধান কেনা খতিয়ে দেখেন।
প্রাথমিকভাবে নিম্নোক্ত সূচী অনু্যায়ী ধান কেনা হতে পারে।
আরামবাগ ব্লক - নভেম্বরঃ ২৩, ২৫, ২৮ এবং ডিসেম্বরঃ ৫
পুরশুড়া ব্লক - নভেম্বরঃ ২৩ এবং ডিসেম্বরঃ ২, ৯, ১৫
খানাকুল ১ ব্লক - নভেম্বরঃ ২৫, ২৮ এবং ডিসেম্বরঃ ২, ১২
খানাকুল ২ ব্লক - নভেম্বরঃ ২৯ এবং ডিসেম্বরঃ ৭
গোঘাট ১ ব্লক - নভেম্বরঃ ২৭ এবং ডিসেম্বরঃ ২, ৭, ১২
গোঘাট ২ ব্লক - নভেম্বরঃ ২৯ এবং ডিসেম্বরঃ ২, ৭, ১২, ১৫
এই সূচী পরিবর্তিত হতে পারে। বি ডি ও অফিসে বিস্তারিত জানা যাবে। 
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

DM visits Udna & Kanakpur Villages to assess Vetiver Scheme

It is literary a red letter day to the inhabitants of Udna village which is circled by the river Mundeswari  causing enormous loss almost every year during the time of flood when they witness that District Magistrate Ms. Sripriya Rengarajan, IAS comes to their place very early in the morning with the Sub-divisional Magistrate of Arambagh Mr. Arindam Niyogi, WBCS (Exe) and Block Development Officer of Khanakul-l  Mr. Suprabhat Chatterjee, WBCS (Exe) to give a permanent solution to prevent soil erosion from the embankment of the said river. She arrives and  blows the whistle to start soil dressing activities enabling the embankment to get penetrated by Vetiver, the magic grass of Indian origin to hold the soil tightly against huge flow of water.
DM is entering in to Udna village
 In an address she requests the local people to come forward and help whole heartedly to bring it an absolute success to the Vetiver plantation programme which is reportedly implemented for the first time in the state of West Bengal for the protection of river embankment.  She further requests the workers to participate more in a number which will be ensured with by providing all possible amenities as admissible under MGNERGA Programmes. The villagers share their grievances with her citing categorical allegation against the local bank for their “traditional” delay to clear wages under MGNREGA.
An amount of nearly 36 lakhs has been sanctioned for the consecutive  four projects at Udna village Where some 800 hundred job card holders would generate 18233 working days. Actual plantation may be held in next 20 days.
District Magistrate further says that after this village, the next progamme for Vetiver plantation will be held at Kanakpur Village which is surrounded by both Mundeswari which is a downstream of the river Damodar and a channel of Mundeswari namely Harinakhali. She herself visits Kanakpur too and feels the necessity of building a foot bridge to unify the villages with other areas since Kanakpur is the gateway of Howrah district.
Despite all resistance, under the able leadership of Ms. Rengarajan, SDM Arambagh Mr. Niyogi has succeeded to start Vetiver plantation process first in the state with the selfless dedication of Mr. Suprabhat Chatterjee, BDO, Khanakul-l besides the technical support from Rajkapoor Sharma, Executive Engineer of Irrigation & Waterways Department  of Govt. of West Bengal and Shantanoo Bhattacharyya, Executive Engineer, Govt. of Assam & Hony. Director, Eastern India Vetiver Network. However, the administration acknowledges the fact that Bhaskar jyoti Bera, Sub-divisional Information & Cultural Officer of Arambagh first informed the district administration about the usefulness of Vetiver and his logical representation plays the pivotal role in implementing this path breaking programme.  

The maxim :  if there is a will, there is a way would now be read as if there is a “genuine” will ----------.  

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Landmark intiative taken to prevent soil erosion at Khanakul

Every year lakhs of public money have been spent to protect soil erosion by using conventional methods like bolder pitching, sand bags, brick – built walls etc. With the increasing number of natural calamity like flood, recurrent public expenditure has been increasing which restrains Govt. to utilize that very fund to create new infrastructure to meet the growing need of our state. Had there been any alternative way to cause for less expenditure to protect the enormous length of river embankments, the fund utilized for them over the years may be used for other purpose.

The problem can be solved in an eco-friendly, indigenous and low cost way. Yes, by using “Vetiver”. 

 “VETIVER” which is scientifically known as “Chrysopogon zizanioides” (from Tamil வெட்டிவேர்), is a perennial grass of the Poaceae family, native to India. In western and northern India, it is popularly known as “ khus”. In West Bengal it is known as “Khas Khas”. Vetiver can grow up to 1.5 metres high and form clumps as wide. The stems are tall and the leaves are long, thin, and rather rigid; the flowers are brownish purple. Unlike most grasses, which form horizontally spreading mat-like root systems, Vetiver's roots grow downward, 2–4 metres in depth. Though it originates in India, Vetiver is widely cultivated in the tropical regions of the world. The world's major producers include Haiti, India, Java etc. Because Vetiver propagates itself by small offsets instead of underground stolons, it is non-invasive and can easily be controlled by cultivation of the soil at the boundary of the hedge. The Vetiver System, a technology of soil conservation and water quality management, is based on the use of the Vetiver plant. Several aspects of Vetiver make it an excellent erosion control plant in warmer climates. Unlike most grasses, Vetiver does not form a horizontal mat of roots; rather, the roots grow almost exclusively downward, 2–4 meters, which is deeper than some tree roots. This makes Vetiver an excellent stabilizing hedge for stream banks, and protects soil from sheet erosion. The roots bind to the soil. The close-growing culms also help to block the runoff of surface water. It slows water's flow velocity and thus increases the amount absorbed by the soil (infiltration). It can withstand a flow velocity up to 5 metres per second (16 ft/s) approximately. Further Vetiver mulch increases water infiltration and reduces evaporation, thus protects soil moisture under hot and dry conditions. The mulch also protects against splash erosion. 
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Vetiver Plantation
Besides the above, it is used as medicine, fuel cleaning from soil, aroma and cattle feed. Many a country in the world have been successfully using as a tool to combat soil erosion from the river embankment or from the hills. Once the grass is grown at a certain level, the more the cattle eat the more it grows since swab of cattle contain Lipase which helps Vetiver to grow up faster. In Assam in the downstream of Bramhaputra river, its plantation reportedly seems to be a grand success.  
The cost of the vetiver system depends on the design and the site condition. The cost of Vetiver plant is around Rs.1.50 each. In 1 Sq mt some 17+1 = 18 plants are necessary. Experts say that about 170- 200 plants can be planted in one working day. However, more days are required for dressing the slope, fertilizing and maintenance. Also sometimes plants need to be pouched before transplanting in the field. But by all means the cost of planting Vetiver is almost 1/10 lesser to the the conventional guard wall method by using concrete etc. 
Khanakul being the worst hit of recurrent flood attacks, the Hooghly district administration headed by  the District Collector Sripria Rengarajan, IAS approves first in the history of this state to use Vetiver as a preventive for soil erosion from the river embankments. With this vision, Arindam Niyogi, WBCS(Exe), Sub-divisional Magistrate of Arambagh inspired Suprabhat Chatterjee, WBCS(Exe), a dedicated Block Development Officer of Khanakul-1 Block to exercise the technique on the embankment of the river “Mundeswari.” 
Now on the 22 November 2011, the implementation process like dressing of soil and slope making will be taken place with an aim to plant the grass actually within the next 15 days on the embankment of the said river for the first time ever since, at minority prevailed UDNA village of Tantishal Gram Panchayat.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Goghat - l Block reaches 100% of National Social Assistance Programme

Bank at Home
With the opening of Bank account of MOSAMMAT JAMILA KHATUN, about 100 years of age of Amdoba villag  under Saora Gram panchayat  for getting pension under Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS) ,Goghat-I Panchayat Samity reached the target of hundred percent of National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) as approved till date.
At the request of Jayanta Mondal, WBCS(Exe), Block Development Officer and Executive Officer of the Goghat-l Panchayat Samity, the officials of the State Bank of India, Seora Branch went her home and openned the bank account.
Now  the total beneficiaries  under three NSAPs are IGNOAPS-2161,  IGNWPS (Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Sheme)-853 &  IGNDPS (Indira Gandhi National Disablity Pension Scheme) - 76.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

খানাকুল - ২ ব্লকের মানুষ পেল নতুন ওয়েবসাইট

বন্যায় ডুবে থাকা খানাকুল -২ ব্লকের  মানুষদের কাছে আজকের দুপুর খানিক আশা দিল। আজ দুপুরে যখন আরামবাগের মহকুমা শাসক অরিন্দম নিয়োগী উদ্বোধন করলেন ব্লকের সরকারী ওয়েবসাইট www.khanakul2block.org, তখন পঞ্চায়েত সমিতির সভাপতি কালীশংকর চক্রবর্তী থেকে সমষ্টি উন্নয়ন আধিকারিক অসিত পাল সকলেই খুশী ছিলেন এ কারনে যে এখন থেকে প্রত্যন্ত অঞ্চলের মানুষের কাছে সরকারী কর্মসূচীর খবর পৌঁছবে দ্রুত এবং অবিকৃতভাবে। অনাড়ম্বর এই অনুষ্ঠানে উপস্থিত থাকা আধিকারিক, কর্মী এবং সাধারণ মানুষজন সে আশা সঞ্চারিত করলেন নিজেদের অন্তরে।
জনগনকে তাঁদের প্রাপ্য অধিকার সম্বন্ধে সচেতন করতে যেভাবে  খানাকুল -১  ব্লকের পর খানাকুল - ২  ব্লকের এই ওয়েবসাইট প্রকাশে মহকুমা শাসক তাঁর দূরদৃষ্টি দিয়ে ব্লক প্রশাসনকে উৎসাহিত করছেন, তা দৃষ্টান্ত। আশাকরা যায় বাকী চারটি ব্লকও এ পথে সামিল হবে।

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Landless labours get 'Patta' at Arambagh Block :: Sachhata Utsab observed too

No more landlessness for another 19 people of Tirole Gram Panchayet of Arambagh Block as each of them get a piece of land with Government Deeds namely "Patta" with Record of Rights popularly known as "Parcha" this afternoon when Smt. Ashima Kundu, Sabhapati of Arambagh Panchayet Samity, Mrinal Kanti Guin, BDO, Gopal Chandra Rana, DMDC have seen their beeming eyes at the office of the Sub-divisional Land & Land Reforms Officer.
Tableau at evening ride
Later, at Arambagh Rabindra Bhawan, Arambagh Panchayet Samity observed a very useful programme on public health namely "Sachhata Utsab" where the panchayet administration takes a vow in presence of Pradip Saha, Sabhadhipati, Hooghly Zila Parishad, Shakti Mohan Malik, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Shubhankar Sarkar, DMDC to keep public health programme moving to make society clean and healthy. A well decorated tableau  will go to door to door of the people of 15 Gram Panchayets of Arambagh, said a confident BDO, Mr. Guin.